• Bidding wars are back, and while not every local real estate market is experiencing bidding wars, some home buyers find themselves competing for houses because there aren’t many for sale in their neighborhood.
  • To compete in a bidding war, buyers need to prepare financially for the home purchase. They have to familiarize themselves with property values in their target neighborhoods, and they must know what they want.
  • While offering the most money might seem the best way to win a bidding war, sellers don’t always choose the highest offer. Instead, some sellers prefer offers that are the most likely to go through and that meet certain conditions.
  • One way to be competitive in today’s real estate market is to select a lender and loan product, complete everything the lender requires, and have a pre-approval letter in-hand before beginning the house hunt.